If you've seen my post on the CX forum then move along.. nothing for you to see here. For everyone else... as you know, my usual ride is a GSX1400 As you may not know, but what I knew is that: I wanted a cafe racer style bike (my mate has a Thruxton SE). I wanted a V twin I couldn't afford a Guzzi In fact, I couldn't afford anything. Sadly (in fact, happily) I do have a credit card but that's for you know.. emergencies. Long story short, I ended up bidding on a bike on ebay. I put in a maximum bid. The bidding reached that.. so I put in another maximum bid which I told myself I would NOT exceed. And I didn't, but I used every cent of it. Ah well. It's only (someone else's) money. So here's what I bought... What do I know about it? It is (according to the VIN) a CX500CC (Custom) Compliance date is 11 / 1981 I had a look at it before bought it, and (once the jumper leads were hooked up on the dead battery) it started from cold pretty easily with a bit of choke. It was blowing a bit of white smoke on start up and when revved but that seemed to settle down as it warmed up. This bike was used as a daily commuter until the previous owner got a company car, at which point in went into the shed, and had been there for 6 months until I bought it. Rego lapsed just 3 months ago (Bugger!) So what else.... The dash is more or less where it should be. Definitely gonna need a new one of these! Seat is a bit ratty. Front tyre OK Back tyre NOT OK. Oh, and the fork seals are leaking. I'm not quite sure how badly yet. The Plan 1. Get a chair, a cognac and a cigar and sit down and just admire the thing. For ages. 2. Do the minimum required to rego it. 3. Rego it. 4. Ride it. I have never had a faired bike, will be novel enough. 5. Peel of all the extraneous stuff (the fairing, panniers, top box, associated brackets etc etc. 6. Repeat step 1 but maybe with a different drink. 7. Start hacking into it... but with love... I've arranged for the bike to come home tomorrow. Can't wait !